February 1, 2010

Fragile Eternity (Melissa Marr) Review

Hardcover: 389 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 21, 2009)

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos. (Source)

Finally! I've been waiting to get this book to continue the story of Seth and Aislinn and how they end up happily ever after! Not quite. Melissa Marr does it again with keeping you on your toes until the very end and keeps you wanting more than when you started. In this novel, we get a deeper look into Seth's mind and how he feels about Aislinn and her role as Summer Queen. We see his jealousy and insecurities that were absent in Wicked Lovely.

We are also faced with how the relationship between Aislinn and Keenan changes as the Summer season approaches. This love triangle was stepped up a whole knotch which made me read this book at lightning speed. The character shifts were superb to witness and it really did keep you guessing until the last chapter. The way Aislinn tried to balance her mortality to be with Seth and her faery nature as Summer Queen was heartbreaking. She wanted so much happiness for everyone it was almost impossible to succeed. When Seth decided to take it in his own hands, the balance was thrown out of whack and worlds were affected. The character of the Summer King, Keenan, was greatly changed with figuring out how to keep his Summer Queen happy for his faeries and keeping his one true love at the same time. And the natural lust that between the Summer Queen and King tested boundaries only understood by the faery world, which created such confusion for all three main characters.

I really enjoyed the story that Marr created for these characters. It was true to life in the fact that not everything is easy or free and you must be willing to trade anything for the one you love!

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